New emergency care facility at Countess of Chester Hospital gets green light

Plans have been approved for a Same Day Emergency Care building at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The development has been given the go-ahead by Cheshire West and Chester Council after plans were submitted for the project on January 29, 2021.

The Trust say that the new centre, which will be attached to the existing A&E department, will support the them in delivering ‘effective care into the future’.

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As part of the development, a part single storey and part two storey building will be constructed on the site, which will be linked to the existing building to the west through a link bridge and to the north by a single storey link extension.

The Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) centre will be used to provide same day care for emergency patients who may otherwise be admitted to hospital.

When a patient comes to hospital, the SDEC service allows patients with some medical concerns can be assessed, diagnosed,treated and safely discharged home the same day, rather than being admitted.

The Same Day Emergency Care building will include:

  • Reception & Waiting Space
  • Small dispensing pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Elderly Medical Unit
  • GP Assessment Unit
  • Mental Health Assessment Rooms
  • Same Day Emergency Care Clinic Rooms
  • Waiting space and associated welfare facilities
  • Offices, admin and staff support facilities
  • Space for dedicated diagnostics

Dedicated Patient drop-off facilities will be provided at the entrance to the facility and the existing loop of carriageway will be reconfigured to enable Emergency Vehicles to exit the site after patient handover to the Emergency Department

The Design and Access document states: “Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) is one of the many ways that the hospital is working to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time for patients.

“SDEC is the provision of same day care for emergency patients who may otherwise be admitted to hospital.

“When a patient comes to hospital, an SDEC service means patients with some medical concerns can be assessed, diagnosed, treated and safely discharged home the same day, rather than being admitted.

“The Same Day Emergency Care Scheme, which will be co-located with the recently expanded Emergency Department aims to build new and remodel existing infrastructure able to support a safe, resilient, modern, and efficient Urgent and Emergency Care service for the people of Western Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Neston and North Wales.”

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The building will provide 1693m2 of accommodation over two floors together with a bridge link over the service road to link back to the main hospital via the outpatient building.

The development will sit within a 5446m2 ‘Red Line’ area within the Liverpool Road Health Park Campus.

Plans were approved for the new development by Cheshire West and Chester Council on September 9.

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